Public Health England (PHE) have said that cases of the Indian variant are rapidly building up with almost 30,000 infections in the last week in the UK.
In total there have been 42,323 cases recorded by PHE in total, whilst more than 90% of cases are of the Indian variant, known as Delta.
The Delta variant is around 60% increase of household transmissions, new research suggest, which is also a sig that the Indian variant is spreading our of control across the UK.
Dr Hans Kluge of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the Indian variant, had shown signs of being able to evade some vaccines.
Dr Kluge said, “We have been here before.
“Over the course of last summer, cases gradually rose in younger age groups and then moved into older age groups, contributing to a devastating resurgence.”
Professor Neil Fergusson of Imperial College London, warned the work by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) is basically “saying there is a risk of a substantial third wave, we cannot be definitive about the scale of that, it could be substantially lower than the second wave, or it could be of the same order of magnitude.
“That, critically, depends on how effective the vaccines still are protecting people against hospitalisation and death against the Delta variant, as well as a few other unknowns.”